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Designer Hayley Paige on How You Know Which Wedding Dress Is the One

To Hayley Paige, there is nothing more beautiful than a woman in love. In what could be the most high-pressure position of all time, the bridal designer gleefully helps women dress for the day that most of them have been dreaming, planning and Pinning about for years prior to their first fitting. “Sometimes it feels like the most stylish trust fall of all time,” she says. Like a magical fairy godmother to each of her brides, it is easy to imagine Paige wielding a wand until the Lumi ballgown appears, shimmering and ethereal for the modern-day, fashion-forward Cinderella. 

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Monica & Ryan | Real Weddings

With their friends and family in attendance, Monica and Ryan became husband and wife in a romantic estate wedding in San Diego.

Monica, how did Ryan propose?

I love going to the Del Mar Horse Races and eating, so when he told me there was an event going on at the races where we could try tacos from more than 40 of the best restaurants and food trucks from San Diego, TJ and LA, I was in! After the races and taco eating, he told me he had to meet someone from work, which I totally believed. Apparently, the guy was “running late” so we took a walk on the beach and BOOM! There it was! A blanket set up with roses, candles and champagne. I was shocked and so excited! He got down on one knee and proposed. I don’t think I said anything, but I hugged him and he asked, “Is that a yes?” I responded, “YES!”

After the proposal we were supposed to meet his family for dinner, which had been planned for weeks. Little did I know that when I went to his parents’ to freshen up for the dinner, there was a surprise party with all our family and friends! It was such a great way to propose and throw an engagement party!

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Wedding Trimmings: You’ve Got the Dress, Now Get the Rest

Congratulations. There were millions out there, yet you managed to find “the one.” Or maybe you’ve chosen two? (If so, no one’s judging—a shorter reception dress is a handy option for the dance floor.) Either way, now you can move on to assembling your wedding-day trousseau—from jewelry and a veil to shoes and night-of lingerie.

While your wedding dress is decidedly the eye-grabbing foundation of your big-day wardrobe, shoes and accessories are the finishing touches that express your distinct personality. That leaves a lot of space to experiment. You can go big, go subtle, go bohemian or go retro.

Because there are so many options out there, we’ve rounded up a few tips and accessory ideas to help you get started. Also, if you’re surrounding yourself with a bridal party, you’ll want your bridesmaid outfits to reflect a similar aesthetic—so get your supporting ladies in on the search.

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For Something New: Our Buyer’s Diary from Bridal Fashion Week

Spring bridal trends are aimed at nonconforming brides-to-be—she who prefers leather to tulle and jumpsuits over ball gowns. With elegant body-con shapes and convertible trains, even traditional silhouettes have been modernized to suit the contemporary woman. Our favorite trend? Variety, because no two fairy tales are the same. Below, peek inside Nordstrom buyer Sharon Wikstrom’s notes and see what excites her most about next season’s bridal.

 

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Jessica & Randy | Real Weddings

Earlier this May, high in the San Bernardino Mountains near Lake Arrowhead, Jessica and Randy tied the knot at a romantic creekside cabin resort, surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Tell us about the location.

We knew we wanted to get married in the mountains from the moment that Randy and I got engaged. The mountains and the outdoors were always our go-to while we were dating, and of course, Randy proposed in the mountains. We knew we wanted an outdoor, rustic-elegant wedding, and Pine Rose was the perfect venue. Hidden Creek at Pine Rose Cabins is a secluded venue surrounded by massive trees, with a beautiful creek that runs into a pond.

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Jenifer & Morgan | Real Weddings

Jenifer and Morgan held a rustic and spirited celebration at Robinswood House in Bellevue, Washington, where the gorgeous surroundings and weather still couldn’t outshine the bride and groom.

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Tell us about the location.

We both wanted an outdoor venue since we were planning on getting married in August and wanted to take advantage of the warm weather! Morgan proposed in November of 2015, so when we decided on a summer wedding in 2016, the race was on to find something that had availability! What we loved about it was that it is this little enclosed oasis in the vastness that is Robinswood Park. I wanted a more rustic outdoor feel for the wedding, and this checked off all of the boxes. From the old 1895 homestead to the English garden for the ceremony, it just felt perfect for what I had envisioned.

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Amanda & Sean | Real Weddings

Amanda shares her and Sean’s classic Cleveland wedding, with pretty DIY touches and lots of dancing.

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Our location: The Tudor Arms Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio. We chose this space for several reasons, but the main ones were the size (we had a large wedding) and how gorgeous the venue is. The ballroom, where we served dinner, is absolutely beautiful—you barely even need decorations! We had cocktails, dinner and dancing in three separate rooms, and everything flowed perfectly! The whole floor of the hotel was ours for the night, and we got so many compliments from people who thought it was unique and fun going from one room to the next throughout the evening—it kept things interesting!

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